When to Start Solid Foods to Infants

When to Start Solid Foods to Infants
We get lots of advice from all different sources including friends or family members which might encourage you to start
feeding baby solids earlier than the recommended age which is 6 months. They are concerned or just simply this is they did but you must stay updated and always talk to your doctor before feeding any thing other then breast milk or formula. It is suggested that starting solids before baby is physically ready has very little benefit and can actually be harmful. However if you feel that it is
better for your baby to start solids early, talk to your doctor.

Breast milk or formula contains all of the nutrition your baby needs for healthy growth for the first six months. He is building his immune system and getting essential nutrients and antibodies that are good for him. Giving any other food then breast milk of formula before certain age can cause other disease like diarrhea. Around this time your baby will be ready to try the taste of solid foods. The best way to introduce the solid food is to start with any one thing and just give the child the taste and never offer more then 1 spoon of serving at start and continue the regular feeding of breast milk and formula.

Start with foods which provide extra nutrients that he isn’t already receiving from breast milk or formula. What ever food you choose, make puree after steaming or boiling so that child can easily swallow it. As in start he just needs to learn how to eat and swallow the food. Do not try any food with possible allergic reactions and to stay on safer side, always introduce veggies and fruit purees at first. Once you feed him his first food, wait for 24 hours before introducing any new food, so that you can keep an eye for any possible reaction.

Though it is suggested to start proper sold food at the age of 6 month but some like to give a little taste of any pureed fruit after 4 months for on and off. This practice is though pleasing but shouldn't make a it regular before 6 month of age. If you think that your baby has any developmental delays and you want to add some additional nutrients to his diet, talk to your doctor before starting any thing.

Now when your baby is reached six months old, on his regular check ups your pediatrician will give you go-ahead. Plus you must see the possible signs that your baby is ready. Obviously he can’t talk yet but he’ll give you clues to let you know when he’s ready
for his first taste of solid food. He’ll start eyeing your food whenever you are eating near him and maybe even will reach for it.

Signs to note that baby is ready for sold food
Before eating solid foods, your baby needs to be able to sit up in a high chair on his own or at least should hold his head up. He also needs to be able to make effort of swallowing food instead of pushing out with tongue. The most noticeable sign is that baby is interested in watching you eat. He might watch curiously when you bring the spoon or fork full of food to your mouth. He might reach for it or will put his hands in his mouth or open it like he wants you to feed him. You will also not that he still seems hungry after his regular breast feed or formula then it is time for you to feed him solid food.